Saturday, January 28, 2012

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

These are such simple cookies. Mine turned out really tender and fall-apart-in-your-mouth. Delicious! Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
1 c. natural peanut butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1 egg
1 t. baking soda

Stir all ingredients together.

Drop onto ungreased cookie sheet and press lightly with a fork.Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes.Enjoy!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Easy Roasted Chicken

This is the easiest and best roasted chicken EVER! I love making this for Sunday dinners and saving the leftovers for chicken soup. Even though it's a very simple meal, it takes about 3 hours from start to finish so plan accordingly.Easy Roasted Chicken
2 T. oil
1 whole chicken, thawed (about 5 pounds)
3 T. melted butter
onion powder
pepper (optional)
Drizzle oil in a 9x13" pan.
Remove and discard chicken neck and giblets from cavity. Rinse chicken inside and out and pat dry. Place in oiled pan breast side up.Pour melted butter over chicken. Rub to distribute evenly.Sprinkle liberally with onion powder and salt. Top with a little pepper if desired.Bake at 375 F for 2-2 1/2 hours (or until internal temperature of chicken breast reaches 165 F).Remove chicken from oven and allow to rest for 20-30 minutes. This is crucial for tender meat.I absolutely love this chicken. It's always a hit with my family. Make sure you save the carcass to make chicken broth or chicken soup. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tortellini Soup

This italian style soup is great for any weeknight meal. It's adapted from a recipe in one of my cookbooks and my family really enjoyed it.

Tortellini Soup
12-16 oz. fully cooked chicken sausages, sliced
2 T. olive oil
1 T. dried minced onion
3 t. garlic powder
2 (14 oz.) cans chicken broth
2 c. water
1 (14 oz.) can diced tomatoes
1 (18 oz.) package cheese tortellini (refrigerated or frozen)
1 (6 oz.) package spinach
1 t. dried basil
salt and pepper
parmesan cheese

In a large pot, heat oil, sausage, dried onion, and garlic powder. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add broth, water, and tomatoes. Bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook for 5-7 minutes or until pasta is cooked. Add spinach, basil, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook just until spinach wilts. Serve with parmesan cheese.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

No Bake Cookies

I love these simple little cookies. I've added ground flaxseed to this recipe for some extra fiber and omega-3's! These are such a great snack for kids.No Bake Cookies
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter
1 c. sugar
3 T. cocoa
pinch of salt
1/4 c. milk
2 c. quick oats
1 c. ground flaxseed

In a medium saucepan, combine first 5 ingredients. Heat and stir over medium high until well combined. Bring to a boil and cook 2-3 minutes without stirring. Remove from heat and stir in oats and flaxseed. Drop onto foil or wax paper and let cool. Enjoy!